Yesterday, we had decided that today we would visit Jerez de la Frontera and Cádiz. Today, as we woke up, we decided to go to Sevilla instead. The Levante (a wind blowing in from the east) has been blowing since we arrived here and we’re really tired of it. Meteorologists predict it to continue today, and not only here. Jerez and Cádiz will be windy all day as well. Sevilla however, will be wind free and sunny. Thus, at ten o’clock, we head out in the direction of Sevilla.

Not even ten minutes underway, we stop and have a look around the edge of the water. There’s a big reservoir right at our doorstep and we find a place where we can leave the road and get relatively close to the water with our car. We get out and walk the rest until we reach the water. The view is beautiful and we can’t wait for the (water)temperature to rise enough so that we can swim.

There are many tiny little flowers along the way to the waterfront. Really minuscule and easy to miss, but once seen, we spot them everywhere.

We continue towards Sevilla and the landscape changes shortly after from wild and mountainous to cultivated rolling hills. Not very attractive to be honest…

After just over an hour, we reach the outskirts of Sevilla. Very broad avenues with lots of trees and greenery and eight-story high apartment buildings on both sides. What’s amazing is that virtually every building is constructed of bricks. I’ve lived in Utrecht for many years and have often seen “De Inktpot” which is the biggest brick building in The Netherlands. I’m sure there are many buildings here in Sevilla that are bigger. Just imagine the construction of such huge buildings, brick by brick. It looks a lot prettier than concrete buildings.

We leave the car in a parking garage near the harbour and walk into the town proper and find ourselves surrounded by beauty where ever we look. The buildings, the parks, the trees, … it’s too much to take it all in. We wanted to visit Real Alcázar, but there’s a queue of almost an hour. It doesn’t matter, there’s so much else to see, we’ll visit another time and reserve tickets then so we won’t have to wait in line.

Christophe talks to a Argentinian man who moved to Spain 35 years ago. He tells him that couples that want to get married in the big cathedral in the center of Sevilla have to wait two years! That’s quite a challenge for a young couple, but most of them make it. There are marriages around the clock and we have the pleasure of observing a wedding party that just comes out of the cathedral. They are all dressed up for the occasion, and the women are so elegant 🙂

The inner city is lovely. There are many very small streets with beautiful buildings on both sides and tiny little stores and cafés to visit. We walk around in wonder and love almost everything we see. Except for the horse drawn carriages that are plentiful around the city. We pity the horses. They are trotting on iron shod hooves on asphalt a big part of the day. And many of them are clearly stressed and (thus) held very short which must be very tiring and painful. Others seem to have switched off completely. They just do their jobs and when waiting for new customers, their drivers don’t even hold them. Obviously, they are so numb from their surroundings, they have lost all tendency to flee or even move when not explicitly told to.

Other than that, Sevilla is definitely worth a visit. Just have pity on the horses and stay away from the carriages. We will certainly be back before we leave here by the end of May.

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